If there’s one thing I’ve learned from Pinterest, it’s that you can make just about anything in a muffin tin. And it was a pretty amazing discovery for me—for a while there, my muffin tin was by far my most used kitchen essential. My obsession came in particularly handy at breakfast, because muffin tin recipes are basically designed for on-the-run, make-ahead convenience. And I’ll take as much of that as I can get when I’m rushing out the door in the morning.
Aside from actual muffins (which I adore), I learned how to whip up quiches, baked oatmeal, you name it. They’re quick to throw together and keep in your fridge to reheat in the morning, and I also love saving them in my freezer for a week of healthy breakfasts down the line when meal prep is just not going to happen. (At the height of my muffin tin kick, my freezer was almost exclusively muffin-shaped items, and I’m only a little embarrassed about it.)
But of course, a grab-and-go breakfast doesn’t do you much good when your stomach’s grumbling an hour later—a problem I ran into more than once, because many popular muffin tin recipes aren’t great in the protein department. That’s where these nine recipes come in.
Registered dietitians recommend at least 15 grams of protein at every meal to stay full and fueled. While the contents of one cup in a muffin tin probably won’t get you there, a serving size can be two or three muffins (or even four, depending on how mini-fied the recipe is). It’s up to you how big you want your breakfast to be, but a 250- to 300-calorie serving of each of these recipes will get you at least 15 grams of protein. You could also pair one with another favorite breakfast side or nosh on it as a mid-morning snack—in fact, these babies are good all day long.